Chapter 1 Suggested Readings, Weblinks, and Other Media


Eliade, Mircea. The Sacred and the Profane: The Nature of Religion. Translated by Willard R. Trask. New York: Harper and Row, 1961.

Hinnels, John, ed. The Routledge Companion to the Study of Religion. 2nd ed. Oxford: Routledge, 2010.

Livingston, James C. Anatomy of the Sacred: An Introduction to Religion. 6th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2009.

Pals, Daniel. Nine Theories of Religion. 3rd ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Segal, Robert A. and Kocku von Stuckrad, eds. Vocabulary for the Study of Religion. 3 vols. Leiden: Brill, 2015. 

Smart, Ninian. Dimensions of the Sacred: An Anatomy of the World’s Beliefs. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996.

Smith, Jonathan Z. Imagining Religion: From Babylon to Jonestown. Chicago Studies in the History of Judaism. Chicago: Chicago University Press, 1982.

Taylor, Mark C., ed. Critical Terms for Religious Studies. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998.


American Academy of Religion——The largest and most influential North American academic society for the study of religion.

Society of Biblical Literature— 

Pew Research Religion and the Public Life Project——Excellent source of information on issues involving social and political aspects of religion. 

The Pluralism Project at Harvard University——Offers an impressive array of helpful resources, especially with regard to the world’s religions in North America



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